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Member, Perinatal Program Council

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Open to Northern Region, Patient partners in the Northern region

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Have you given birth within the last five years? Do you have an interest in helping to improve the quality of perinatal – prenatal, delivery and postpartum – services as part of an ongoing advisory council?

Open to: Patient partners in the Northern region

Lead Organization or Department

Northern Health, Perinatal Program

Aim

This is a regional forum for the development and recommendations of standards, policies, plans and quality improvement processes related to the Northern Health Perinatal Program area. The Council also addresses issues associated with education, skill development and professional practice.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.

Eligibility

  • Have experience receiving prenatal, delivery and postpartum care
  • Seeking one patient partner with rural context/experience and one patient partner with an urban experience
  • Comfortable sharing experience/story and shared decision making
  • The perspective from an Indigenous patient partner would be helpful
  • Ability to seek a regional/system perspective
If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Volunteer Agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit, please contact Cathy Almost.

Logistics

  • Vacancies: 2
  • Date, time, location: Two full-day in-person meetings (Vancouver or in region) in spring (April/May) and fall (Sept/Oct) with two shorter video conference/teleconference meetings in between. Telehealth or in-person (in Vancouver)
  • Commitment: Over a year. Meetings four times per year.

Reimbursement

Pre-approved travel expenses such as flight/mileage (least expensive), accommodation with accompanying receipts will be reimbursed.

Background

The Council aims to stimulate, steward and support Northern Health's goal to achieve and sustain high quality obstetrical services. Care providers on the council include: Primary Care Providers: Physicians (Obstetricians/Gynecologists, Paediatrician, General Physicians), Midwives, Nurse Practitioner; Nurses: educator, clinical, administration. Other members include: Population and Public Health, Indigenous Health. Co-Chaired by: Registered Nurse (Executive Lead) and Obstetrician (Medical Lead). Care settings include Acute Care (delivery service) and Community Care (prenatal and postpartum service).

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern BC
250.615.9932
calmost@bcpsqc.ca

From Our Community

Lucie Neliba

Patient Partner, Surrey

Lucie Neliba

The Patient Voices Network has connected me to a community with the same drive to bring person- and family-centred care to the forefront. I am grateful for all opportunities I have been a part of thanks to PVN, which positively impacts patients like my sister and their caregivers. No matter how small, all patient engagement will help shape the future of health care and that I can stand behind